Getting ready for school is an important milestone.  A child’s readiness for school can be a big decision for parents as their child approaches school age. Parents are tasked with judging their child’s foundational skills, their ability to learn new skills and their developmental readiness.  For children with Spina Bifida and or Hydrocephalus, parents may have added considerations such as environmental access or their child’s journey with continence management. For this reason, school readiness is as much about the school’s preparedness as it is about the child.

SBH Queensland supports children and families through our Koala Club program. This program runs throughout the year leading up to prep and includes children who have commenced prep already at certain times during the program for peer modelling and parent connection. Our objective as Therapists is to encourage the development of skills to set school starters up for success at school. Children are engaged in targeted activities to support their development and readiness for school.

The program focuses on the following areas of development: 

  • Fine Motor Skills

  • Gross Motor Skills

  • Social Skills

  • Pre-writing and pre-scissor skills 

  • Early phonological awareness skills  

  • Daily living skills

  • Following instructions and a basic school routine  

  • Working together with other children in a group situation  

  • Engaging in new tactile and sensory experiences  

The SBH team continues its involvement in prep transition by visiting each child’s school to provide information about Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and support where needed.